Wednesday, July 11, 2012

more on last night's Bloomingdale flooding

More on last night's Bloomingdale flooding:

See Eric Fidler's post over at his Left For LeDroit blog.

See this 2007 brochure from DC Water titled "A Guide to Preventing Sewer Backups and Flooding."

Here is some text from this brochure of interest:

Flood-prone Areas in the District
Neighborhoods in the District such as the west side of Florida Avenue between the Anacostia River and 1st Street, NW have historically experienced sewer backups and flooding due to the bowl-like (low-lying) topography and the inadequate capacity of the sewers, some of which were constructed in the late 19th century.

Other flood-prone areas in the District include:

• Rhode Island Ave. and 5th St., NE and Rhode Island Metro

Thomas and Flagler streets, NW

• West Virginia Ave. and Mount Olivet St., NE

1st and P streets, NW

6th and R streets, NW

DC Water is in the early phase of a 20-year program to construct huge underground tunnels that will alleviate flooding in these areas. Until this program is completed, this brochure provides some important information designed to help home and business owners prevent the property damage associated with sewer backups and flooding.


Anonymous said...

Great so we only have to wait 20 years to stop flooding every year...
And the solutions that DC Water suggests are sandbags and backflow preventers which cost $1,000's of dollars to have installed.

Anonymous said...

There will be a civic meeting on Monday starting at 7:00pm with DC water and various other advocates to discuss the following in Bloomindale, LeDroit Park, Shaw, and etc.

Contact information is below:
St. George's Episcopal Church is located at:
160 U Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-387-6421

Please come out and attend, get your voice heard, and demand soluations now, not a 20 year project.

Unknown said...

Not to mention the fact that a backflow valve renders your drains useless, so you will flood anyways (though at least not with sewage...)

Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale said...

Aaron: The huge DC Water tunnel project that addresses the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) is a result of a lawsuit. The schedule of the project is mandated by the lawsuit. DC Water's hands are tied. "Demanding solutions now" sounds good, but won't get you anywhere.